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Richard Russo Quotes and Sayings

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I have to have a character worth caring about.
I tend not to start writing books about people I don't
have a lot of sympathy for because I'm just going to be with them too long.
- Richard Russo

You use simple brushstrokes in a screenplay for things
over which you would take much greater pains in a novel.
- Richard Russo

People often ask me how I make things funny.
I don't make things funny.
- Richard Russo

What comes easiest for me is dialogue.
Sometimes when my characters are speaking to me,
I have to slow them down so that I'm not simply taking dictation.
- Richard Russo

 

When authors who write literary fiction begin to write screenplays,
everybody assumes that's the end.
Here's another who's never going to write well again.
- Richard Russo

When I look back over my novels what I find is that
when I think I'm finished with a theme,
I'm generally not.
And usually themes will recur from novel to novel in odd,
new guises.
- Richard Russo

If you work at comedy too laboriously,
you can kill what's funny in the joke.
- Richard Russo

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Usually by the time I finish a book tour I've just
about had it with the book.
- Richard Russo

HBO is really famous for hiring good people and staying
out of their way until they ask for help,
or need it.
And that reputation is earned.
- Richard Russo

I think it would be harder for me not to write comedy
because the comic view of things is the one that comes most naturally to me.
- Richard Russo

A lot of my characters in all of my books have a self-destructive urge.
They'll do precisely the thing that they know is wrong,
take a perverse delight in doing the wrong thing.
- Richard Russo

I read pretty voraciously.
If it's good, I don't care what it is.
- Richard Russo

Ultimately, your theme will find you.
You don't have to go looking for it.
- Richard Russo

I don't think there's a shortage of material in the world.
Or in my head.
I just pray for continued good health,
because I've got other stories to tell.
- Richard Russo

I can be glib and truthful all at once.
- Richard Russo

You can be interested in a Jane Smiley novel whether
or not anyone says a word.
She enters into her characters' thoughts with great understanding and depth.
- Richard Russo

If there's an enduring theme in my work,
it's probably the effects of class on American life.
- Richard Russo

I think the darker aspect of my fiction-or anybody's
fiction-is by its very nature somehow easier to talk about.
- Richard Russo

My books are elegiac in the sense that they're odes
to a nation that even I sometimes think may not exist
anymore except in my memory and my imagination.
- Richard Russo

It's no secret that in my books I'm trying to make
the comic and the serious rub up against each other
just as closely and uncomfortably as I can.
- Richard Russo

Movies have to handle time very efficiently.
They're about stringing scenes together in the present.
Novels aren't necessarily about that.
- Richard Russo

I'm delighted by how Nobody's Fool turned out.
It was a rare movie.
- Richard Russo

I suppose all writers worry about the well running dry.
- Richard Russo

Even at its most perceptive, sociology deals in abstractions.
- Richard Russo

Structure is one of the things that I always hope will reveal itself to me.
- Richard Russo

I want that which is hilarious and that which is heartbreaking
to occupy the same territory in the book because I
think they very often occupy the same territory in life,
much as we try to separate them.
- Richard Russo

When I start getting close to the end of a novel,
something registers in the back of my mind for the next novel,
so that I usually don't write, or take notes.
And I certainly don't begin.
I just allow things to percolate for a while.
- Richard Russo

If my career continues along its current arc,
people will probably look at me and see a writer who
is obsessed with the relationship between rich and
poor and with how the rich somehow or other always
manage to betray the poor,
even when they don't mean to.
- Richard Russo

I think a lot of what is going on with kids who get
pushed too far and attempt either murder or suicide
is that they are trying to deal with their own non-existence
for the people who are supposed to care most for them.
- Richard Russo

I think that if people are instructed about anything,
it should be about the nature of cruelty.
And about why people behave so cruelly to each other.
And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it.
And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid.
- Richard Russo

By ignoring a lot of American culture you can write
more interesting stories.
Unfortunately, if you were writing about America as it is,
you'd be writing about a lot of people sitting in front of television sets.
- Richard Russo

You just kind of have faith.
If that sounds kind of mystical, it's because I really don't know how it works,
but I trust that it does.
I try to write the way I read, in order to find out what happens next.
- Richard Russo

I was pretty dead set against ever writing an academic novel.
It's always been my view that there are already more
than enough academic novels and that most of them aren't any good.
Most of them are self-conscious and bitter,
the work of people who want to settle grudges.
- Richard Russo

What does it feel like to be a parent? What does it
feel like to be a child? And that's what stories do.
They bring you there.
They offer a dramatic explanation, which is always
different from an expository explanation.
- Richard Russo

I looked back at some of my earlier published stories
with genuine horror and remorse.
I got thinking, How many extant copies might there be,
who owns them, and do they keep their doors locked?
- Richard Russo

Some authors have a very hard time understanding that
in order to be faithful to the spirit of the book,
it's almost always impossible to remain faithful to the text.
You have to make changes.
- Richard Russo

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
- Anonymous

Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.
- Yoda, character in Star Wars movie

People do not seem to realize that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Society is a masked ball,
where every one hides his real character,
and reveals it by hiding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
- John Wooden

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

Our actions are constrained by fear of reprisal,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You can easily judge the character of others
by how they treat those who can
do nothing for them or to them.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We censor our actions, but
our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can't control the impressions others form about us,
and the effort to do so only debases our character.
- Epictetus

Judge your natural character
by what you do in your dreams.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Society censors our actions,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People grow through experience
if they meet life honestly and courageously.
This is how character is built.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
- Albert Einstein

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
- Henry David Thoreau

Imagine for yourself a character,
a model personality whose example you determine to follow,
in private as well as in public.
- Epictetus

The movie character Forrest Gump describing life
as being "like a box of chocolates,"
is such a positive upbeat way of
characterizing the uncertainty of life.
I have no idea what life will give me next,
but whatever it is, it will be sweet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You must unlearn what you have learned.
- the character Yoda in the movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

What you want is irrelevant,
what you have chosen is at hand.
- Spock character in Star Trek VI movie

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

Never put passion before principle.
Even if win, you lose.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

Problem: attitude.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

To deny the facts would be illogical.
- the character Spock in the television series Star Trek


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